Archive for November, 2006

Things wrong with Vista RTM Day 2

Well today was a mix, with probably more bad than good.

I ‘ve found that sometimes Vista isn’t responsive.  In fact it has a nasty habit of occasionally disappearing into the dust for a few minutes with the hard disk rattling away.  I’m guessing this is what happens when there isn’t enough memory, even though I have 1.5GB RAM.

My shock today was a very dangerous Explorer bug.  Basically right click doesn’t always act on the directory you right click on.  I’ve reported it in the Vista Newsgroups on MS – it is reproducable but I won’t repeat myself here.

UAC turns out to be not as bad as you’d expect in real life, but I have serious concerns as to the usefulness of it.  After all, I always press Yes to permit the program to do what it needs, and while I might know when something unexpected happens that I should press No, I’m sure the general public will get used to pressing Yes so often that they will press it when they shouldn’t.  Not really security then is it?  More a continuous pain that offers no gain.

Amazing. Mid-typing I got one of those other strange occurrances – the system almost locks up and the mouse jumps in slow massive steps across the screen.  No obvious hard drive access that time, but there has to be a kernel driver issue somewhere to cause the whole OS to block.

My sound breaks up when using Skype if there is >90% CPU utilization.

That’s all for today. So far.

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Things wrong with Vista RTM Day 1

Serious: My Western Digital USB external drive is not flagged as removable, making it dangerous to unplug as I might loose data.

Trivial: In Control Panel, Turn Windows Features on or off, under IIS/WWW/Performance, the description of the help tag is wrong for Http Compression Dynamic. It duplicates the text about Classic ASP from a few options above.

Missing drivers: Thinkpad biometrics, Intel ICH-6 LCP, Quatach DSP-100. I used the XP drivers for the Quatech card and ignored the others for the moment.

The good: Vista does ‘feel’ faster once you’re in it than XP.  I get the feeling the memory management is better too as things don’t appear to have to page in as frequently.  When doing lots of things at once, the system feels more responsive.

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